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Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale • Magan Reviews

Geek Girl (#1) by Holly Smale [twitter • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 384 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenage modeling career, best friend drama, strong family ties Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Harriet Manners doesn’t fit in. She’s a geek. She can spout of random knowledge, but when it comes to standing up for […]

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April 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Geek Girl. This book falls on the younger side of my reading, but it also seemed to explore the earlier days of Harriet’s stepmom being part of the family. I don’t recall how long it’s been since Harriet’s dad remarried, but I loved getting to see her develop such a strong affection for her stepmom and no longer seeing her as an outsider. […]

February 1, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Alexa S. - I agree about Geek Girl reading a little younger, M! I thought it was pretty fun, and definitely entertaining though, and I’m glad you felt similarly.

January 30, 2015 - 12:55 am

Kim - I definitely like books that make me laugh out loud! Great review, and I’ll be checking this out soon.
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

January 29, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Missie - I have seen this one around – I am glad you said it was on the younger side of YA so that I was prepared for that!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

January 29, 2015 - 10:56 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really had a hard time getting into this one, and never finished it. It’s not that it is younger YA because I love books for all ages. I just wasn’t connecting to Harriet at all. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood frame.

I’m glad you enjoyed this for the most part, even though it wasn’t amazing.

January 28, 2015 - 9:04 pm

L.C. Spoering - This sounds pretty cute! And I can’t resist a teenage geek girl with glasses, in memory of the one I once was. 🙂

January 28, 2015 - 3:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I hadn’t heard about this one until I saw your review but it sounds like a lot of fun. It sort of reminds me of the plots for Violet on the Runway and Love and Other Foreign Words–but if those two books were mashed together.

Vivian Apple … by Katie Coyle | Estelle Reviews

Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle ( web | tweet ) Published January 6, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers Target audience: Young adult Pages: 272 Keywords: family secrets, cult, road trip, best friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: When Viv discovers her parents have disappeared in […]

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January 28, 2015 - 11:24 am

Bella - I have this one in my library pile, but I was planning to pass over it. Seeing your review and a few others with high praise, I’m thinking otherwise! It sounds so interesting. Great review! 🙂

January 23, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Erin @ The Hardcover Lover - I found an ARC of this in my mailbox, and was so glad because I loved it. I really hope more people pick it up because it made me think. It was so unique but good and strange at the same time. I’m glad that I’m getting an ARC of the second one in a few months because I need to know what happens next.

January 23, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Alexa S. - I wasn’t initially thinking of reading Vivian Apple…, but after seeing your review + Rachel’s review, I’m now thinking I should give it a shot! I love that you think the friendship is an integral part of this book, and that this potential love interest feels legit. Going to check this one out from the library soon!

January 23, 2015 - 10:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - What a unique story! I’ve never come across a story like this one. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I am very curious about this book, although I’m nervous to read it too. It seems very stressful, despite the adorable cover.

Love, Lucy by April Lindner • Magan Reviews

Love, Lucy by April Lindner [google+ • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: European travel, college, becoming your own person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Lucy is on the vacation of her dreams, traveling around Europe. But it comes with a steep price. In exchange for her trip, her father […]

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January 31, 2015 - 8:35 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Picks: Love, Lucy by April Linder | All The Bright Places by Jennifer […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, M, comparing it to Just One Day/Just One Year is a major draw for me because I loved that duo so very much. I haven’t heard all that much about Love, Lucy, but you can consider me intrigued after reading your review! I’m always partial to books that feature European countries, first of all, so that’s a big part of it. And then there’s the comp titles, which is another big draw. All in all, it sounds pretty cute. Might just have to check it out!

January 23, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I think I can help explain the Charlene part! This book is a riff on/retelling of A Room with a View which was set at a time when young unmarried women were expected to travel with chaperones (not friends) which I think in the original was an older aunt.

I love the idea of this one but I have to admit the more I see about it, the more I just want to re-read A Room With a View. If you haven’t read it yet I’d say you should definitely check it out!

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Kim: Even if you didn’t enjoy JOD, I think you should give Love, Lucy a chance. It’s a different story with *similarities,* but I have to say the ending gave me a lot more peace than JOD did. They aren’t the same book, but I think readers could be fans of both books. 🙂

January 21, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Magan - Meg: “armchair traveling” — that is the best phrase EVER. Committing that to memory. I definitely hope you enjoy it! The more I think about it, the more I like it! <3

January 21, 2015 - 11:27 am

Meg - Oh, this sounds like so much fun! And I’m all for armchair traveling, especially in the dead of winter. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for it!

January 21, 2015 - 9:00 am

Kim - But, but.. I hated Just One Day! :'(
But anyway, great review! I’m a little hesitant to pick this up, but it’s definitely one of the interesting ones. 🙂
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson | Magan Reviews

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson [twitter] Publication Date: January 20, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: YA mystery, boy next door, sisters, online privacy Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: When a new boy, Graham, moves in next door, sisters Ally and Syd both develop crushes on him. But things don’t add up: Why did Graham […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Alexa S. - I think, were I to read Twisted Fate, it would be the mystery that would draw me in most. Sometimes, a good whodunnit is a fun thing to read! I’m curious about what you had to say about how it all wrapped up.

January 23, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Way to make us all curious Magan! I haven’t seen a lot of things compared to We Were Liars so it’s also interesting to see that connection here.

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Bruna, do it! I was like OMG OMG OMG NO NO NO a whole lot while reading. O.O

January 21, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Bruna - Now I’m intrigued to read this one! I love whodunits!

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman | Estelle Reviews

Alex as Well by Alyssa Brugman ( web | tweet ) Published January 20, 2015 by Henry Holt & Co. Pages: 224 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: intersex individual, family, friendship Format read: ARC paperback from Macmillan. (Thank you!) Summary: Born with male and female genitalia, Alex has decided to become more public with the […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Alexa S. - It’s interesting (and really cool) that there’s a YA novel that has an intersex character in it. It sounds like Alex certainly has a lot on her plate – I just hope things got better for her, in the end.

January 21, 2015 - 12:35 pm

Bruna - I’ve been so interested in this one! Even though the reviews haven’t been all positive, I still really want to read it.

January 19, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Brianna - I got an ARC of this and now that I’ve read your review, I’m excited to read it.

January 19, 2015 - 11:28 am

Kim - This seems like such an amazing read, especially since it talks about issues that mostly no one wants to talk about. Great review! 🙂
Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor

Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo • Magan’s Mini Review

Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 22, 2015 Publisher: Speak Pages: 208 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: create your own story, ski resort, recovering from a breakup Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: In this create-your-own-story, you’ve just broken up with your boyfriend and have traveled to a ski resort where your sister encourages you […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Alexa S. - I used to be obsessed with Choose Your Own Adventure novels as a kid! I especially liked the ones with dramatic, life-changing scenarios because I wanted to see if I could survive to the end. I’ll admit that I wouldn’t know how it’d work for a love story, but Love on the Lifts sounds cute in theory!

January 18, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Bruna - This sounds so fun! I used to read RPG books when I was a kid (you had to roll the dice to see which way to go and all that) and all other types of interactive books. But I haven’t see one in a while. Think I might try this one out!

January 17, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Hannah @ Broc's Bookcase - I’ve never read a book like this before, sounds like so much fun! I don’t think I would be able to stop myself from reading every single scenario though, I’m really nosey like that! 🙂

January 17, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Brianna - These kinds of books are so fun. You should read the Choose Your Own Adventure Books – they were a staple in my childhood reading diet.